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Parliamentary questions
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27 May 2016
Question for written answer E-004288-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D)

 Subject:  Business relocation using ERDF funds
 Answer in writing 

The French multinational company Lactalis has announced the closure of its plant in Valladolid — a competitive and profitable one employing 85 people — and is about to relocate it, along with all its machinery, to other factories run by the Lactalis Group in other towns and cities.

In 2014, Lactalis was given a grant of EUR 1.4 million, 80% co-financed by the ERDF — Commission Decision C(2012)1621 — for its plants in Galicia. It has used this money to modernise other production plants in Spain that will now take on production from Lauki Valladolid.

Does the Commission approve of this business strategy of first benefiting from EDRF funds before then shutting down a viable business, for no good reason, and causing job losses in a different region of the same Member State?

Does the Commission consider that this planned relocation meets the goals of economic, social and regional cohesion pursued by the EU's Structural Funds?

Original language of question: ES 
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